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Grantham reportedly leaving Georgia for Louisville

@Honey Badger: That would be the starting cornerback:

http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-01-13/georgia-cornerback-wigg...

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:20

Grantham reportedly leaving Georgia for Louisville

[quote][b]Alethia[/b] -

Richt's got a better winning % than Dooley finished with. I just hope he finds him an Erk Russell to help get a National Championship. Those who want Richt gone remind me of those who wanted Durham gone in hoops years ago. They didn;t realize that getting someone better would be so difficult.

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With all due respect to CMR's record, during Coach Dooley's tenure, I don't think our non-conference games included Troy, Buffalo, Louisiana-Monroe, et al. Granted, we've had games against Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Boise State, etc, which are more legit. It would be interesting to compare their SEC records.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:15

South Carolina's Clowney gets 110 mph ticket

I thought that anything more than 25 MPH was considered reckless driving and came with an arrest? Maybe not if you are an All-American defensive end?

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 14:33

Weather Channel considers plans for headquarters in Atlanta

@E.J.: I believe that their HQ is on Interstate North Parkway at the junction of I-75 and I-285 (on the north side of Atlanta). There's a ~10-story white building with TWC's logo, visible from the interstate.

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 14:17

Police, GBI investigation closes The Plaza in west Athens

[quote][b]swhitney[/b] -

@OconeeDawg: TV 'copters.

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Yep, saw it was a Fox Atlanta chopper when I was heading home.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 19:44

Police, GBI investigation closes The Plaza in west Athens

[quote][b]BorisBadEnuff[/b] -

@OconeeDawg: I couldn't grasp the location and wondered about the alternatives of walking or taking a bus. Something just doesn't sit right with me about this.

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Yeah, that neighborhood is a long walk from the Science Library, which is on south campus. I know there are bus stops along Hancock, but Indale is still a short walk from those. Very, very sad.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 19:38

Body of missing UGA student found in west Athens

@BorisBadEnuff: Hill Street turns into The Plaza west of Milledge. The Plaza intersects with Hancock Ave where it runs into Broad St/Atlanta Hwy. Indale is a really short road that intersects The Plaza.

My office is near the Prince Ave end of Milledge and I have heard a helicopter in the area for at least 45 minutes. Sounds like the police might have a suspect in their sights.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 17:26

Atlanta mayor: Turner Field to be demolished in 2017

This map shows where 2012 ticket purchasers were from. They're simply moving closer to their fan base.

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 18:29

Obama's simple promises vex complex health rollout

Nice editorial, AP.

posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 19:30

Obama's health law finally gets real for America

"Before the law's online health care markets launched Oct. 1, the administration estimated nearly 500,000 people would enroll for subsidized private insurance within the first month. Despite high consumer interest, a computer system beset by gremlins has kept most from doing so."

Wasn't the actual number 6? Maybe that was just the first day.

And did the AP just blame gremlins for the website troubles?

posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 15:34

Atlanta mayor seeks 2nd term in Tuesday's election

"...a group of street vendors have been loudly expressing their unhappiness since the city took steps to curtail the selling of goods on public streets."

And Reed is due in Fulton County Superior Court today for a contempt hearing. Evidently, a judge ordered the mayor to allow those vendors to sell their goods on public street, but he has refused. He instead outsourced the management of street vending to Chicago-based General Growth Properties, which then charges up to $20,000 annually to lease kiosks, out of which vendors can sell their wares.

http://reason.com/blog/2013/10/11/court-blocks-atlanta-mayors-attempt-to-r

posted @ Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:13

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

@classicpds: My point is exactly what @guitar picker said: CAT could have built that plant anywhere. They looked at an initial list of 20 different sites across the country. If ACC/Oconee/GA hadn't provided a package of incentives, this plant would probably be in North Carolina.

posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 07:43

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]RightIswrong[/b] -

Dude get in where you fit in. I never said I was powerful, I only stated that I've done as much as the "deposed ruler", to pre-suppose that I'm powerful would be giving him a measure of power which he doesn't deserve.

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Dude(tte), you are reading the quote too literally. The essence seems to apply to your braggadocio.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 22:38

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]DawgFan1988[/b] - P.SS. - Anybody who knows anything about how these Fortune 500 companies operate, knows damn well that CORPORATIONS DON'T PAY TAXES! What a farce![/quote]

CAT paid $2.5 billion in income taxes in 2012 ($1 billion in the U.S.).

Now if the point you are making is that ultimately the customer pays the taxes because they are factored into the price of the product, I agree with you.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 22:28

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]DawgFan1988[/b] - Funny thing is that these production line laborers will end up paying a much higher % in taxes on their minuscule paychecks than this multimillionaire pretty boy CEO.[/quote]

How do you figure?

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 22:24

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]classicpds[/b] -

"The majority of Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman's compensation (22.4 million) is tied to company performance, which in 2012 hit a record for revenue and earnings per share, according to a company spokesman." - The Business Journal

I guess things are not that bad.

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You're right...his base salary is only about $1.5 million, with the remainder coming from stock and performance bonuses. But keep in mind that this is a company with $60 billion of sales and 125,000 employees.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 22:23

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]helligater69[/b] - I don't disagree that it is a good investment, I'm saying the man is a hypocrite for lambasting entitlement programs while he has his hand out receiving them at the same time.[/quote]

I think there is a difference between welfare (call them entitlements or handouts or whatever) and incentives designed to attract businesses. Clearly, ACC/Oconee/Georgia expect that the economic benefits of the CAT plant will far outweigh the subsidies being given.

The leadership of a company is charged with maximizing shareholder value. Oberhelman wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't try to get the best deal for the company.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 22:18

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]helligater69[/b] - Yet, he has no problem sucking up $30 + million from Clarke & Oconee counties and another $45 + million from the state to build a plant in Athens. What a frickin' hypocrite.[/quote]

The CAT plant will directly employ 1,400 with a $57 million annual payroll. Estimates are for another 2,800 jobs to be created by the businesses supplying goods and service to the plant. The total economic impact on the Athens area is estimated to be $1.4 billion annually. Included in that $1.4 billion is an estimated $39,000,000 of additional retail sales for ACC and Oconee Co, generating nearly $1 million of sales tax revenue.

And even though CAT is paying only 10% of the property's tax assessment, it will still be more than the counties were collecting when the property was vacant. Sounds like ACC and Oconee made a pretty good investment.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 20:06

Caterpillar CEO says U.S. taxes, regulations hamper business

[quote][b]RightIswrong[/b] - Without ever having laid eyes on you, I can avow sans trepidation that I've accomplished as much or more with my life than you've done with yours. [/quote]

...which reminds me of a Margaret Thatcher quote:

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 19:44

Athenians attack proposed Ga. Power rate hike, solar energy tariff

[quote][b]cwillocks[/b] -

When I was in china, I saw that even the most dilapidated tenements had ancient solar panels on the roof. Why are we so backwards here? Just to make more $$$ for people who already have more than they could ever spend?

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I wonder how the reliability and quality of our electricity supply compares to China and other countries? I suspect that, while ours is not perfect, it is better than most.

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 14:57

Athenians attack proposed Ga. Power rate hike, solar energy tariff

"According to Georgia Watch, Georgia Power has increased its average monthly rates by $44.52 since 2003, not including the most recent proposal. “That’s a family being able to purchase a new pair of sneakers for their teenager,” said Liz Coyle, deputy director for Georgia Watch."

That's an odd reference. First, has Ms. Coyle bought a pair of sneakers for a teenager lately? I think $44 will get you one shoe. Second, who saves 37 cents per month for 10 years to buy a pair of sneakers?

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 08:46

Records: Paul aide gave Iowa senator $25K check

@mpd0.59: ....and?

posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 - 09:56

Records: Paul aide gave Iowa senator $25K check

Paul should deny any knowledge of it and blame the whole thing on some low-level staffers in his Cincinnati office.

posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 17:26

Chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire

[quote][b]bobbidiboo[/b] -

So which is it? Is she dead or in custody? I've read both.

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Both Fox and NBC are reporting that she's dead.

This article also says that she was driving a Lexus, but the photos show that the car is clearly a bullet-riddled Infiniti with what appear to be Connecticut plates.

posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 17:16

Obama, lawmakers meet on shutdown's 2nd day

"Congress has passed more than 100 temporary funding bills since the last shutdown in 1996, almost all of them without controversy. The streak was broken because conservative Republicans have held up the current measure in the longshot hope of derailing or delaying Obamacare, just as the health insurance markets at the heart of the law opened on Tuesday."

Didn't the House pass 4 different temporary funding bills on Monday, all of which were rejected by the Senate?

posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 22:41

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